Charity Begins at Home for Walsall Pensioners
Enterprising residents at Mattersley Court in Walsall have taken their fundraising skills a step further by opening a shop.
The Housing 21 extra care scheme for older people in Cresswell Crescent, Mossley is now home to ‘Charity Begins at Home’, a shop which is run by volunteer residents and their families/friends.
Over the past few years the residents have raised money from table top sales, raffles and tombolas so that they can all enjoy a wide range of entertainment and outings. Opening the shop on the premises will enable them to do sell donated items and hopefully raise more funds towards the things they enjoy.
Suzanne Cunningham, Service Team Manager, at Mattersley Court said: “I think what the residents are doing is wonderful. They have a roster of volunteers, which includes people in the local community too, and they’ve received a lot of donations of items to sell. Since opening at the weekend they have already raised enough for their first entertainment evening.”
Volunteer Doreen Stubbs added: “We’re happy to have the charity shop. It has not only given us something to do every day but it is raising funds for our activities and it’s a great place to meet with others and have a chat.”
Among the items for sale in the shop are nearly new clothes, unwanted gifts, jewellery, bags and ornaments etc. The shop, which is open to the general public, can be accessed daily between 11am and 3pm.